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The Arches Theatre: Only Two Weekends Of Live Theatre Left!

But we have some great performances coming up ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 23/08/2022 @ 8:00AM

Sadly, we are nearing the end of our 2022 summer season of brilliant live theatre and music at The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes ...

Tickets to our final shows can be booked at The Arches Theatre website!

Tickets to our final shows can be booked at The Arches Theatre website!

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So, far, we have enjoyed four weeks of pure open-air escapism with over 1,000 of you seeing a variety of incredible professional and local theatre and music productions on our outdoor stage. We are now coming to our final two weekends, so if you haven't visited us and you want to experience our quirky outdoor venue, then now is your chance.

Coming up we have:

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor - 27th/28th August, 3pm (British Touring Shakespeare)

    Since 1999, British Touring Shakespeare have delighted audiences all around the world with critically acclaimed productions that are fresh, energetic and accessible.

    Join them this bank holiday weekend with their stage adaptation of The Merry Wives Of Windsor - a hilarious romp which sees the women of Windsor gain the upper hand in a bawdy battle of the sexes with the drunken knight Sir John Falstaff. This classic farce is guaranteed to make for an unforgettable evening of laughter enjoying outdoor theatre at its very best.

  • Dracula - 27th/28th August, 7.30pm (British Touring Shakespeare)

    Professor Abraham Van Helsing, an expert in the supernatural, presents his most terrifying case as he is called in to help a young woman who becomes mysteriously ill during a trip to Whitby.

    Has Lucy Westenra contracted some rare disease or has she fallen victim to something more evil? And what has become of her best friend Mina's fiancé Jonathan Harker after he was sent to the Carpathian mountains to oversee the purchase of a London house by the sinister Count Dracula?

    British Touring Shakespeare bring their renowned strengths of energy and accessibility to a brand new adaptation of this classic gothic horror tale which will make for an unforgettable evening of open air theatre.

    This play contains adult themes which some younger children may find scary, so parental discretion is advised.

  • Ripping Yarns - 1st - 3rd September, 7.30pm (Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy)

    Having already staged 6 of the 9 Ripping Yarns episodes, this hilarious, local comedy theatre troupe will be performing the final three episodes at the beginning of September.

    • 'The Curse of the Claw': A strange Burmese relic carries a terrible curse that our hero tries to lift to save his family.

    • 'Whinfrey's last case': Set in 1913, Britain's greatest (and overworked) secret agent takes a much needed holiday to Cornwall and uncovers a German invasion plot.

    • 'Murder at Moorstones Manor': Hugo and Dora drive down to see Mumsie and Dadsie for a long weekend in the country. But their weekend descends into murder!

    This production comes to The Arches by the kind permission of Michael Palin and the late Terry Jones' wife, Alison. All money from ticket sales will go to the National Brain Appeal's capital appeal to raise money for The Rare Dementia Support Centre, the world's first centre of excellence for rarer dementias.

    In 2021 we were able to raise a grand total of £10,000 for this worthy cause.

Tickets to our final shows can be booked via our online ticket office at and we hope you are able to join us.

Until next time ...



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About David Pibworth ...


David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.

David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.

He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.

He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.

This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.

David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.

He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!


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